Hiring surge! DHS rolls out Trump-ordered changes – here’s a peek at the ‘sprawling set of initiatives’

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly released two memos on Tuesday detailing vast changes in the governing of immigration under the Trump administration.

The memos “implement a host of immigration enforcement changes ordered by President Trump,” Fox News reported.

Included in the directives are instructions for agency heads to hire thousands more officers, end the “catch-and-release” program implemented under President Barack Obama and start work on the promised southern border wall.

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The memos effectively expand the categories of illegal immigrants targeted for deportation, according to Fox News, but will spare so-called “dreamers” enrolled in Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

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More on the “sprawling set of initiatives” included in the memo, from Fox News:

  • Prioritizing criminal illegal immigrants and others for deportation, including those convicted or charged with “any criminal offense,” or who have “abused” any public welfare program
  • Expanding the 287(g) program, which allows participating local officers to act as immigration agents – and had been rolled back under the Obama administration
  • Starting the planning, design and construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall
  • Hiring 10,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and officers
  • Hiring 5,000 Border Patrol agents
  • Ending “catch-and-release” policies under which illegal immigrants subject to deportation potentially are allowed to “abscond” and fail to appear at removal hearings

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